BOSTON (May 31, 2023)—Kevin Cronin, the iconic lead vocalist for the legendary REO Speedwagon, has been added and will join Indianapolis Colts Owner & CEO Jim Irsay and his all-star band for a free, one-night-only performance on July 15 at Boston’s TD Garden celebrating The Jim Irsay Collection, Irsay’s traveling museum of iconic artifacts from rock music, American history and pop culture.
The tour’s only stop in New England, the event is free and open to the public with advance registration at jimirsaycollection.com.
The show will feature special guest performances by Cronin, as well by country music star and 22-time Grammy® winner Vince Gill. Other guest performers for Boston’s show will be announced soon.
Formed in 1967, signed in 1971, and fronted by Cronin since 1972, REO Speedwagon’s unrelenting drive, as well as non-stop touring and recording jump-started the burgeoning rock movement in the Midwest. Platinum albums and radio staples soon followed, setting the stage for the release of the band’s explosive Hi Infidelity in 1980, which contained the massive hit singles “Keep On Loving You” and “Take It On the Run.” That landmark album spent 15 weeks in the No. 1 slot and has since earned the RIAA’s coveted 10X Diamond Award for surpassing sales of 10 million units in the United States.
From 1977 to 1989, REO Speedwagon released nine consecutive albums all certified Platinum or higher. The Cronin-penned “Can’t Fight This Feeling” and “Keep On Loving You” both reached No. 1 on Billboard’s Hot 100 singles chart. Today, REO Speedwagon has sold more than 40 million albums around the globe, and Cronin and bandmates are still electrifying audiences worldwide in concert with the aforementioned hits, plus fan favorites such as “Ridin’ The Storm Out,” “Time For Me To Fly,” “Roll With The Changes,” and many more.
When: Saturday, July 15, 6 - 11 p.m.
Where: TD Garden, 100 Legends Way, Boston
Other members of The Jim Irsay Band include:
The evening centers around the exhibition of the collection, including Irsay’s world-famous guitar and instrument collection, as well as artifacts from American history and popular culture. This will be the 10th free exhibition Irsay has hosted, with past stops in Nashville, Tenn., Austin, Tex., Washington, DC, Los Angeles, New York City, Chicago, Indianapolis, San Francisco and Las Vegas.
For photos of the collection and events, visit here.
For video of the collection and events, visit here.
For general info, visit jimirsaycollection.com.
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